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From right, Collections Technician Megan Feldkamp gets Gladstone resident Sandra Brunette ready for a blood donation during a Red Cross blood drive held at Bay College earlier this week.

Residents help meet need for blood

ESCANABA — Due in part to recent natural disasters and other recent national tragedies, there is currently a significant need for blood in the United States. Area residents were able to help out by participating in a Red Cross blood drive held at Bay College earlier this week. Sandra Olive, ...

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High court declines ‘Dark Store’ case

ESCANABA — The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday rejected an appeal by a big-box retailer in a tax dispute in the Upper Peninsula, a brief but significant order that will have consequences for local governments around the state. For the past three years, Escanaba has been in a lengthy and ...

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Man opts for trial in knife assault case

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man — accused of assaulting another man with a knife this summer — opted earlier this week to be tried by a jury in Delta County Circuit Court next year. Joshua John Myers, 34, was arrested Aug. 21 after he allegedly injured a 26-year-old Escanaba resident who ...

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Michigan State Police District 8 Commander John Halpin speaks about the Michigan State Police’s history and the services they provide in the U.P. during the Upper Peninsula Association of County Commissioners Fall Conference. This conference was held at the Island Resort and Casino on Oct. 19 and 20.

County commissioners attend conference

HARRIS — County commissioners from across the Upper Peninsula came to the Island Resort and Casino earlier this week for the Upper Peninsula Association of County Commissioners (UPACC) Fall Conference. This conference was held on Oct. 19 and 20. According to Jonathan Mead, president and CEO ...

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Man arrested on drug, endangerment charges

MARQUETTE — Detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) and Marquette City Police officers arrested a 33-year-old male in Marquette Friday for charges related to cocaine, child endangerment and weapons. Detectives from UPSET began investigating the suspect on ...

Prosecutor: Pharmacist in ­meningitis case gambled with patients’ lives

BOSTON (AP) — A pharmacist charged with murder in a meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people knew that mold and other bacteria were growing inside the filthy production rooms and that drugs shipped to customers were not sterile, but chose to do nothing, a federal prosecutor told jurors ...

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Toddler Artists

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press Jovie Ford, left, and Odin Bissell paint with water colors during Toddler Art class at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba Thursday morning. The sessions, which are held every Thursday at 10 a.m., are aimed at helping youngsters with brain development and other ...

Horse disease detected in U.P.

ESCANABA — Multiple horses throughout the U.P. have been diagnosed with a deadly infection that has been linked to mosquitoes. According to a press release from Public Health Delta and Menominee Counties, one horse in Menominee County and two horses in Marquette County have tested positive ...

Big-box stores lose as Supreme Court drops big tax case

ESCANABA (AP) — Local governments are winners after the Michigan Supreme Court turned down an appeal in a major dispute over how to value big-box stores for tax purposes. The Supreme Court heard arguments last week. It released a brief order Friday, saying a 2016 appeals court decision will ...

Bay College optimistic on accreditation

ESCANABA — Bay College is still awaiting the final results of its Academic Quality Improvement Program accreditation cycle after a team of peer reviewers visited the college’s Escanaba and Iron Mountain campuses earlier this month. However, Bay’s Vice President of Operations and ...

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Council gives city manager thumbs up

ESCANABA — Escanaba City Council evaluated its new city manager, Patrick Jordan, as required by his contract during a closed session at Thursday’s regular council meeting. Jordan, 52, from downstate Muskegon, has been working for the city for nearly four months. He became Escanaba’s ...

Is warm winter ahead for the Upper Peninsula?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Much of the U.S. should expect another warm winter, but not quite as toasty as the last two years, forecasters said. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday forecast a warmer winter from California through the Midwest to Maine. A colder than normal ...

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Bayli Short checks out a pumpkin at the Escanaba Public Library in Escanaba Tuesday afternoon. The pumpkins, which are available to “check-out” until Saturday, are part of the library’s Great Pumpkin Check-Out pumpkin decorating contest.

Pumpkin decorating contest returns to library

ESCANABA — Kids and adults alike will have the opportunity to show off their pumpkin decorating skills during Escanaba Public Library’s “Great Pumpkin Check-Out.” According to Tammy George, library assistant, the contest is a fun way to for people to show off their creative ...

Car-deer accidents on the rise

ESCANABA — With the arrival of fall, car-deer accidents are starting to become more common in the area. Delta County Sheriff Ed Oswald said this is typical for the season. “Just recently, we’ve seen an increase,” he said. Oswald said that, so far, 2017’s car-deer accident rate has ...

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Man gets prison for domestic violence

ESCANABA — Following a lengthy court hearing that required the judge to review previous testimony, a Gladstone man was sentenced to prison on a third-offense domestic violence charge earlier this week. At his scheduled sentencing hearing on Monday, Jeffery William Dickerson, 36, requested a ...

Senate OKs requiring equal coverage of oral cancer drugs

LANSING (AP) — Michigan would become the 44th state to require equal insurance coverage of chemotherapy regardless of whether the drugs are given by needle or taken orally under a bill the Senate overwhelmingly approved Wednesday. The legislation will next be considered by the House, where ...

The Healthcare.gov website is seen on a computer screen Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Washington. If President Donald Trump succeeds in shutting down a major “Obamacare” subsidy, it would have the unintended consequence of making basic health insurance available to more people for free, and making upper-tier plans more affordable. The unexpected assessment comes from consultants, policy experts, and state officials trying to discern the potential fallout from a Washington health care debate that’s becoming harder to follow.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump’s health subsidy shutdown could lead to free insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) — If President Donald Trump prevails in shutting down a major "Obamacare" health insurance subsidy, it would have the unintended consequence of making free basic coverage available to more people, and making upper-tier plans more affordable. The unexpected assessment comes ...

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At left, Danielle Berger, a Bay College sophomore, explains a math problem to Bay College freshman Caleb Maki at The Hub, located in the Student Success Center at the college Tuesday afternoon. A “Free the Textbook OER Rally” was held at the college Tuesday to raise awareness about the open educational resources (OER) degree initiative, which offers low cost or free digital textbooks for college students at Bay.

Event promotes free textbook degree

ESCANABA — Bay College in Escanaba held its second annual “Free the Textbooks OER Rally” Tuesday to help bring awareness to Bay College’s open educational resources (OER) degree initiative. The rally took place at “The Hub,” located in the Student Success Center. According to ...

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County supports Back Forty Mine

ESCANABA — The Delta County Board of Commissioners voted to pass a resolution supporting Aquila Resources, Inc.’s efforts to establish a mine in the Stephenson area during its regular meeting Tuesday. The board’s vote followed an update on the project during its statutory meeting last ...

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Daughter pleads in drug case

ESCANABA — A daughter who was arrested for conspiring with her mother to sell someone else’s prescription medication to another person in Escanaba last spring was sentenced to three months in jail Monday in Delta County Circuit Court. Escanaba Public Safety arrested Mary Ellen Rose ...